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We are happy to announce, that the winner of the 2017/18 Noted Fellowship is Ben Corrigan with his extraordinary podcast “excuse the mess”!

“We chose Ben Corrigan as this year’s winner because his podcast has an innovative and cogent approach to the realities and difficulties of the classical music market today. It is entertaining, intellectually demanding and whets the appetite for classical and contemporary music. I am very pleased to work alongside his project in the coming year.”
(Carolin Denz – Director, Noted Fellowship)

 

 

Ben Corrigan’s podcast is unique in the classical music market. Not only does he invite composers to talk about their new works and discuss their opinions on the classical music industry, but he joins them in composing a completely new piece of music “off the cuff” at the end of each episode.

Corrigan does everything himself – from the conceptual design of the individual podcasts to the recording and technical implementation. His goal is to complete the first podcast series excuse the mess by the end of 2018 and to publish an album with the newly created compositions.

The podcast is currently in development and within the next year, with the support, help and input of selected mentors from Noted Fellowship, Corrigan will further develop his podcast and music album in terms of content and structure. Furthermore, he will receive a financial support from Noted of 5,000€.

Get more information here, or better yet – listen directly to his podcast here!

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera receives large sums from Arts Council, Mark-Anthony Turnage quits opera, streaming services considered going public, Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, winners of  “Deutscher Pianistenpreis” are announced and Saudi Arabia inks deal with France to set up opera and orchestra.

The Times

Opera beats pop to Arts Council handouts

The Arts Council has been branded “too posh for pop” after figures emerged showing that pop music gets a fraction of the cash handed to opera.

The Guardian

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank’s history of performance

An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a performer’s perspective of its newly renovated brutalist venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

No more operas from Turnage, as Twitter row with critics turns toxic

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage became embroiled in a spat with opera critics over his newest work, Coraline, before declaring: ‘I’m done with the genre’

Music Week

Qobuz contemplates going public after successful Spotify IPO

French-owned Qobuz who has carved itself out a niche amongst fans of classical music, jazz and hi-res audio, is considering going public.

Broadway World

Eric Whitacre Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Boosey & Hawkes

Grammy winning composer, Eric Whitacre with Boosey & Hawkes covering future compositions and a collection of works for chorus, orchestra and wind ensemble.

Limelight

Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor at the end of 2019.Sir Andrew Davis will step down from his role as Chief Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the end of his contract in December 2019, the Orchestra announced today. The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.

SWR2

Das Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra als Vorreiter – Komponistinnen im Fokus

Ein Drittel aller Werke, die das Orchester in der Konzertsaison 2018/2019 spielen wird, stammt von Komponistinnen – ein starkes Signal für die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter, auch im Konzerthaus.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis kürt Gewinner

Der südkoreanische Pianist Hans Suh hat den 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis gewonnen. Suh nahm den mit 20.000 Euro dotieren Preis von Maryam Maleki, der Präsidentin des International Piano Forum, und dem Vorjahresgewinner  Eric Lu entgegen. Der Publikumspreis, welcher mit 3.000 Euro dotiert ist, ging an Tomoki Sakata aus Japan.

Musik Heute

International Opera Awards nach München und Frankfurt

Die Bayerische Staatsoper hat bei den International Opera Awards den Preis als bestes Opernhaus gewonnen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Montagabend in London mit. Die Oper Frankfurt wurde für die Wiederentdeckung von Ernst Kreneks “Drei Opern” ausgezeichnet. Ihr Intendant Bernd Loebe erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie “Leadership in Opera”.

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Arabie Saoudite : la France et l’Opéra de Paris vont aider à la création d’un orchestre

Lors de la visite officielle du prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane à Paris, Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture, a annoncé que la France allait aider l’Arabie Saoudite à se doter d’un orchestre symphonique et lyrique.

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Der Gewinner des 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis, Hans Suh, © International Piano Forum

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture tops Classic FM Hall of Fame, an untrained performer is accepted into Berklee College of Music, The Leeds piano competition will take place in Berlin, a viola player wins case against Royal Opera House, and Spotify goes public today.

Classical Music

Two Southbank venues set to reopen this month

London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) and Purcell Room are set to reopen on 9 April, following several years of refurbishment.

Newly discovered Elgar works recorded

Two lost works by Elgar – plus two forgotten arrangements – have been recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Classic FM

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture tops the Classic FM Hall of Fame

For the first time in the 22-year history of the Classic FM Hall of Fame, Tchaikovsky’s cannon-fuelled epic has reached the No.1 spot.

NY Times

Michael Tree, a Founder of the Guarneri Quartet, Dies at 84

Michael Tree, a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, has died of Parkinson’s disease at age 84.

Boston Globe

The Russo’s Market singer was accepted to Berklee College of Music

The food-service employee from Russo’s Market who gained online fame was accepted into Berklee’s undergraduate program.

Der Tagesspiegel

Virtuosen brauchen mehr als schnelle Finger

Warum der renommierte Klavierwettbewerb aus dem nordenglischen Leeds diesmal in Berlin startet.

Die Welt

Bratscher gewinnt Prozess, weil die „Walküre“ zu laut war

Er spielt Bratsche. Und saß zu dicht an den Blechbläsern. Als sie Wagners „Walküre“ probten, bekam er einen Gehörschaden. Nun hat Christopher Goldschneider gegen Londons Oper geklagt. Und gewonnen.

neue musikzeitung

Vertrauensentzug Projektförderung 

Alle wollen kulturelle Bildung – aber wer gestaltet und wer bezahlt sie?

El País

Suspense ante el estreno bursátil de Spotify

El servicio de streaming musical debuta este martes en Wall Street con el reto de demostrar que su negocio es rentable.

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© Elgar Birthplace Museum

 

(Written on April 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Bill Murray is bringing his classical music shows to the UK, Decca’s Rebecca Allen on the Classic BRITs comeback, Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council, Philadelphia Orchestra announced Monday evening that it had chosen Matías Tarnopolsky as a new leader, Catholic Church quits GEMA contract (society for musical copyright enforcement) and France 4 now offers an animated series called Max & Maestro with main character Daniel Barenboim.

Dazed

Bill Murray is bringing his classical music shows to the UK

New Worlds mixes music and literature to explore themes of American history and identity. During the group’s performances, Murray reads passages from classic American literature and poetry while accompanied by a diverse array of instrumental pieces, with compositions from Bach to Bernstein to Van Morrison performed by a chamber trio (Vogler on cello, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez).

BBC News

The autistic musician who ‘makes music with his mind’

As someone with high-functioning autism who sees the world through sound, creating melodies from the bustle of the high street or trains on the tracks feels more natural than any social interaction.

Music Week

Decca’s Rebecca Allen on the Classic BRITs comeback

Allen has told Music Week it’s the “right time” for the return of the Classic BRIT Awards amid a resurgence for non-pop repertoire. The televised event, organised by the BPI, is being revived to mark the growing popularity of classical releases, musical theatre and music from TV, film and video game soundtracks.

The Stage

Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council

Mackenzie replaces current chair Veronica Wadley, who will be leaving the role on June 30 after eight years.

The New York Times

The Philadelphia Orchestra Looks West for Its New Leader

The Philadelphia Orchestra, which has been trying to ride a wave of recent musical success after facing the rough seas of bankruptcy earlier this decade, announced Monday evening that it had chosen a new leader: Matías Tarnopolsky, the executive and artistic director of Cal Performances, the performing arts organization at the University of California, Berkeley.

Limelight

New World Symphony: Education’s new Age of Enlightenment

Concerned for classical music’s future? Take a look at Michael Tilson Thomas’s Miami-based academy. […] It’s home to around 90 students, many of who you can peer in on as they practise inside the glass-walled rehearsal rooms, but these are no ordinary rooms, and this is no ordinary college of learning. […] Instead, NWS fellows (as they are known) are taught by a combination of visiting guest artists and hi-tech, interactive, long-distance coaching sessions. Their teachers include senior musical pedagogues from all over America (or even further afield), plus the careful guiding hand and sensitive, forward-thinking ministrations of founder and Artistic Administrator, conductor, composer and impassioned educator, Michael Tilson Thomas.

Der Tagesspiegel

Französische Pionierin Lili Boulanger – Schmerzmusik

Sie hätte Musikgeschichte schreiben können. Lili Boulanger komponiert als junge Frau Werke von betörender Schönheit. Im Jahr 1918 stirbt sie. Mit nur 24 Jahren. Jetzt kommt ihre Musik nach Berlin.

BR-Klassik

Katholische Kirche steigt aus GEMA-Vertrag aus – Singen wird teuer

Wer Musikstücke aufführt, muss GEMA-Gebühren bezahlen. Das gilt auch bei kirchlichen Konzerten. Weil die katholische Kirche jetzt aus dem Pauschalvertrag mit der GEMA ausgestiegen ist, kommen hohe Kosten auf die Gemeinden zu.

france musique

Max & Maestro, quand Daniel Barenboim devient un personnage de dessin animé

France 4 propose à partir de ce lundi 26 mars Max & Maestro, une série animée d’éveil à la musique classique avec comme personnage principal, Daniel Barenboim. L’illustre chef d’orchestre a également été consultant et a interprété ou dirigé les morceaux présents dans les 52 épisodes.

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Max & Maestro © Monello

(Written on March 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: Hip-hop opera introduced to teenagers, Spotify expands into new territories, Classic FM launches new podcast, Royal Opera House Muscat putting Oman on the cultural map, The MU develops Musical Theatre Kit, Metropolitan opera fires James Levine after sexual-abuse investigation, Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg will close its doors and the violin of Albert Einstein was auctioned by 420.000 Euro in New York.

Music Teacher

Opera Holland Park introduces teenagers to opera in new film

A new film from Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) follows eight sixth-formers from Archbishop Tenison’s School, Lambeth as they are introduced to opera. Hip hop to opera shows the students meeting OHP’s general director Michael Volpe during some mentoring sessions, before they are taken to the Royal Opera House to watch a rehearsal, meet a singer and ROH director of opera Oliver Mears, and attend a performance of Tosca.

Music Week

Spotify expands to new territories ahead of IPO next month

Spotify has increased its global footprint today with new launches in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. The additions have been announced as it’s been reported that Spotify will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the week of April 2.

Radio Today

Tim Lihoreau to host new Classic FM podcast

Classic FM has launched a new free podcast series called Case Notes, hosted by the More Music Breakfast presenter Tim Lihoreau.

The Week

Opera in Oman: singing in the changes

Royal Opera House Muscat is putting the small Gulf state on the world’s cultural map. Oman’s crown jewel remains its opera house, which was the first in the Gulf region and has since been joined by one in Dubai.

The Stage

Musical writers supported through launch of new advice kit

Musical theatre collaborators are being offered guidance on every aspect of creating a show, through a new resource launched this week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Metropolitan Oper entlässt Star-Dirigent James Levine

James Levine gilt als einer der besten Dirigenten der Vereinigten Staaten. Nun hat ihn die Metropolitan Oper entlassen – ihm wird sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Nach einer Untersuchung über Vorwürfe sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen James Levine hat die New Yorker Metropolitan Oper ihren Star-Dirigenten entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

#MeToo in der Klassik: “Jemand will Kuhn kastrieren – geifernd mit dem Messer”

Der sonnenkönighafte Gustav Kuhn leitet die Tiroler Festspiele. Der umstrittene Blogger Markus Wilhelm wirft ihm sexuelle Übergriffe und Psychoterror vor. Die Geschichte eines irren Zweikampfes.

klassik.com

Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg schließt ihre Pforten

Die Gauteng Oper in Johannesburg schließt ihre Tore; das gab die Unternehmensführung in der vergangenen Woche bekannt.

nmz

26. Kurt-Weill-Fest mit Besucherrekord – Bauhaus-Jubiläum 2019 Thema

Mehr als 20 000 Menschen haben das 26. Kurt-Weill-Fest besucht. Das sei ein Rekord, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag zum Abschluss in Dessau-Roßlau mit.

Musik Heute

Nelsons in Leipzig: Tradition und Neues verbinden

In seiner ersten kompletten Saison als Gewandhauskapellmeister will Andris Nelsons die Leipziger Musiktradition und zeitgenössische Werke verbinden. Einen Fokus legt der 39-jährige Lette, der Ende Februar ins Amt eingeführt wurde, auf Mendelssohn Bartholdy und Schumann.

Klassik Heute

NAXOS Deutschland und belvedere edition arbeiten zusammen

NAXOS freut sich über bedeutend en Zuwachs im Vertrieb! Seit 03.03.2018 arbeitet das in Berlin ansässige Label belvedere edition eng mit NAXOS Deutschland zusammen und vertreibt seine Produkte sowohl innerhalb Deutschlands als auch in der NAXOS Music Group physisch und digital.

SWR Classic

In New York wurde Einsteins Geige für Rekordpreis versteigert – Für Ulm zu teuer

Die Violine wurde 1933 in Princton hergestellt. Sie war eine Maßanfertigung für Albert Einstein – mit Fichtendecken und Ahornseiten. Jetzt ist sie für gut 420.000 € versteigert worden.

france musique

Le patrimoine musical de Pierre Boulez sera conservé dans plusieurs institutions

Les ayants droits de Pierre Boulez ont fait don de l’intégralité du patrimoine musical du compositeur et chef d’orchestre disparu le 5 janvier 216, à diverses institutions.

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The Violin Channel_@violinchannel: VERY SAD NEWS | @Staatskapelle_B Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP] @DivanOrchestra http://ow.ly/aSLB30iTEvb

 

James Levine (c) Bild AP

(Written on March 13, 2018 )

We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: ABRSM announces RPS partnership, Trinity Laban pledge to make women 50% of its concert programmes, new campaign to support women and families in opera. More than 1000 musicians come together at the Festival of choir- and orchestral music in Bad Homburg, which will be visited by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, North Rhine-Westphalia going to invest 30 million more for local theatres and orchestras until 2022 and Israeli composer Bracha Bdil to receive Wolf Durmashkin Composition Prize.

Rhinegold

ABRSM announces partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society

ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have announced a new partnership ‘to help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and inspire musical achievement in the next generation’.

Trinity Laban to spotlight women composers in concerts and online

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced that music by women will make up more than half of its concert programmes in 2018/19.

Classic FM

New campaign launches supporting women and families in opera and music

Some of the UK’s finest young singers, directors and conductors are setting up a campaign to make parts of the music industry more cooperative, understanding and accommodating to women and young families.

The Guardian

Settling the score: celebrating the women erased from the musical canon

Augusta Holmès’ compositions won awards and acclaim from admirers including Liszt and Saint-Saëns, so why is she, and so many of her female contemporaries, all but forgotten today?

Music Week

UK music industry to launch China trade mission

Limelight

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2018 program unveiled

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has unveiled its 2018 program, which will include six world and 16 Australian premieres – not to mention 21 artists who will be appearing at the Festival for the first time, six of whom will be making their Australian debuts.

The Washington Post

81 and going strong, Philip Glass prepares for his Kennedy Center debut

The Kennedy Center will see a long-overdue debut Friday when the composer Philip Glass, 81, will perform there for the first time, playing his piano etudes with four other pianists as part of the Direct Current festival.

BR Klassik

1000 Hobbymusiker und der Bundespräsident

Mehr als 1000 Musikerinnen und Musiker treffen sich dieses Wochenende zu den Tagen der Chor- und Orchestermusik in Bad Homburg. Drei Tage lang stellen sie in Konzerten und Projekten die Vielfalt der Laienmusik in Deutschland vor. Zur Preisverleihung kommt Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

klassic.com

Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis 2018 für Bracha Bdil

Die israelische Komponistin Bracha Bdil hat den ersten Preis beim neu ins Leben gerufenen Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erhalten. Der Preis wurde in Erinnerung an den Komponisten Wolf Durmashkin ins Leben gerufen, der 1944 Opfer der Nationalsozialisten wurde.

Nordrhein-Westfalen: Mehr Geld für kommunale Theater und Orchester

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen erhöht einem Bericht des WDR zufolge die finanzielle Unterstützung für kommunale Orchester und Theater. Bis zum Jahr 2022 sollen Theater und Orchester 30 Millionen Euro mehr erhalten als bisher.

Klassik Heute

Castalian String Quartet gewinnt neuen Streichquartett-Preis

Mit dem Castalian String Quartet gewinnt ein junges, in London angesiedeltes Quartett, das sich unter den fünf bestqualifizierten Quartetten behaupten konnte, den ersten Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize.

Le Monde

Egalité femmes/hommes dans la musique actuelle : « tout passe par la formation »

Elles s’appellent Camille, Juliette Armanet, Fishbach ou Angèle et la saison musicale 2018-2019 ne se fera pas sans elles. Cette nouvelle génération de chanteuses, âgées de 39 à 22, semble prouver que la relève de la musique actuelle se conjugue dorénavant au féminin.

france musique

Seiji Ozawa hospitalisé pour un problème cardiaque

Le chef d’orchestre japonais Seiji Ozawa a été hospitalisé à Tokyo à la suite d’un problème cardiaque. Sa prise en charge médicale devrait durer un mois.

Twitter

@BBC6Music: “Women belong in studios! Doing lighting design! Being tour managers! There are so many different parts of the business where women aren’t represented.” — Este (@) from @ speaking to @ for her  report: http://bbc.in/2IaQAwS

© RPS and Wellington College

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news, concert at St. John’s Smith Square to raise money for Syrian homeless, Andrea Bocelli wins Best Classical Award, Sound and Music to celebrate women throughout March, calls for gender party across the stages and screens by 2020, Leipzig to receive the European Heritage Label, mezzo-soprano Frank Peter Zimmermann becomes “Capell-Virtuos” in Dresden and more.

Classical Music

Andrea Bocelli wins Best Classical Award on Global Awards

Bocelli received the award for Best Classical Artist at the inaugural Global Awards in London.

Sound and Music to celebrate women throughout March

A month-long programme of activities has been launched to mark and celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

The Times

‘Mediocre men, watch out – gender equality in the arts can’t be resisted’

The message is coming loud and clear from all directions, and people are calling for gender parity across the stages and screens by 2020.

The Guardian

Raghad Haddad: ‘Music is a home in our heart, where we can be safe’

When the conflict in Syria forced viola player Haddad into exile, she brought her music to the UK and speaks to Richard Lea about a concert to raise money for her countrymen and women affected by war.

Yahoo News

Oscar-nominated composers embrace their rare moment on stage

One of five Academy Award nominees, Alexandre Desplat, whose scores the LA Phil performed Wednesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a show designed to give usually secluded composers a rare moment in the spotlight.

klassik.com

Musikstadt Leipzig erhält Europäisches Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die “Musikerbe-Stätten Leipzigs” erhalten das Europäische Kulturerbe-Siegel (EKS).

Musik Heute

Joyce DiDonato erhält Dresdner Musikfestspiel-Preis

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele.

nmz

Frank Peter Zimmermann wird «Capell-Virtuos» in Dresden

Dresden – Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann wird die neue Spielzeit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden maßgeblich mitprägen.

MDR: Kompositions-Projekt für Schüler erfolgreicher als erwartet

Halle – Das «Händel-Experiment», ein bundesweiter Kompositionswettbewerb für Schulen, war nach Angaben der Veranstalter erfolgreicher als erwartet. 

pizzicato

Deutschland sorgt sich um Schweizer Kultur- und Medienlandschaft

Die bevorstehende Volksabstimmung zu den Rundfunkgebühren in der Schweiz, die sogenannte ‘No-Billag-Initiative’, könnte verheerende Auswirkungen auf die Medien- und Kulturlandschaft nicht nur in der Schweiz haben, sagt die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung.

El Mundo

Muere el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos

Jesús López Cobos, uno de los directores de orquesta más importantes de la historia de España, ha fallecido este viernes en Berlín a los 78 años, según ha confirmado el Teatro Real. 

NBCNews

Transgender opera singer to make U.S. history — in Oklahoma

Lucia Lucas will star in “Don Giovanni” at the Tulsa Opera, becoming the first known trans person to perform a principal role on the operatic stage in the U.S.

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Andrea Bocelli © Global Awards

(Written on March 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September. Also, San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director and the Austrian music magazine (ÖMZ) will cease publication.

International Piano

Inaugural Wadsworth Piano Competition semi-finalists announced

The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced.

Music Teacher

RNCM appoints Rebecca Tong as junior conducting fellow

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September.

Classic FM

Why do orchestras have so many violins?

We’re so used to seeing a symphony orchestra packed with violinists that we don’t even think to question it anymore. But have orchestras always had so many violins? And why do they need them?

Music Business Worldwide

What the Grammys must learn from the Brits: when you make a mistake, don’t dawdle – fix it

It’s been just over two weeks since the US music business’s biggest night, The Grammys, took place in New York City. The subsequent period has been soundtracked by aggrieved voices making their annoyance felt over the event’s myriad failures.

NPR Music

Classical Music’s Greatest Love Stories, On And Offstage

“The thing about fictional love stories in music is that, especially in opera, most of them end very badly, you know, with the lovers singing heartrending arias just before they die,” says Miles Hoffman, The American Chamber Players founder and violinist and professor at the Schwob School of Music. “But in real life, there have been tons of musical couples who’ve fallen in love and lived happily ever after — or at least happily for a long while.”

pizzicato

San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director

The San Diego Symphony today announced that Rafael Payare will become the orchestra’s next an 13th Music Director. Payare will begin a four-year contract immediately, serving as Music Director Designate for the first year, and begin the role of Music Director on July 1, 2019.

Klassik.com

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift wird eingestell

Die Österreichische Musikzeitschrift (ÖMZ) wird zum Ende des laufenden Monats eingestellt. Das Fachmagazin für Musik hatte sich über Jahrzehnte einen festen Platz in der Landschaft musikwissenschaftlicher und musikjournalistischer Periodika gesichert.

nmz

Gewerkschaften: Theater und Orchester auf Dauer sichern

Zur Zukunftssicherung der Theater und Orchester in Schleswig-Holstein haben Arbeitnehmervertreter und Gewerkschaften eine stärkere politische und finanzielle Unterstützung angemahnt.

Musik Heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden mit “Traum voll Lust und Freude”

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden starten in diesem Jahr mit der Oper “Ein Maskenball” von Giuseppe Verdi ihr Programm. Das Festival läuft vom 30. April bis Ende Mai und steht unter dem Motto “Ein Traum voll Lust und Freude”, wie das Staatstheater am Dienstag mitteilte.

Platea Magazine

El Teatro Real de Madrid sube a escena “Street Scene” de Kurt Weill

Cinco primeras funciones, del 13 al 18 de febrero, darán lugar al estreno en el Teatro Real de Street Scene, ópera de Kurt Weill, para repetirse más tarde en otras cinco funciones desde el 26 de mayo al 1 de junio.

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NCEM @yorkearlymusic: Young composers, only 3 days left to register for the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award with and . Performance Don’t miss it! Deadline Friday 16 February

Image: Rebecca Tong © Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on February 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lutosławski Cello Competition enters its final stage, Madison Square Garden announces a new venue in London, more younger people prefer classical music. Also, composer Johann Johannsson dies at 48 and Sylvain Cambreling is the new chief conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Classical Music

LSO announces Panufnik Composers intake for 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced the six individuals selected for its Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018.

The Strad

Lutosławski Cello Competition heads into finals

The Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition has entered its final stage with four musicians under the age of 24: Chen Yibai (China), Herbert Oliver (USA), Sato Haruma (Japan) and Ueno Michiaki (Japan).

M Magazine

Under-25s are switching on to classical music, new figures show

The figures, which cover mid-September to mid-December 2017, show that listeners tuned into the station for 40 million hours every week.

Music Business Worldwide

Madison Square Garden company to take on O2 arena in London with new venue

The Madison Square Garden Company has confirmed that it is building a ‘large-scale, state-of-the-art, music and entertainment venue’ in the East End of London.

Forbes

Can The Apple HomePod Ignite A New Hi-Fi Era?

The initial reports are in and virtually everyone agrees that the Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is one fine-sounding unit that handily beats the competition in the sound quality category.

Spiegel Online

Johann Johannsson tot in Berliner Wohnung gefunden

Er war einer der vielversprechendsten Filmmusikmacher Hollywoods: Der Komponist Johann Johannsson ist mit 48 Jahren gestorben.

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Die Symphoniker Hamburg – Laeiszhalle Orchester geben bekannt, dass Sylvain Cambreling zur Spielzeit 2018/19 Chefdirigent des Orchesters werden wird. Er folgt auf Sir Jeffrey Tate, der am 2. Juni 2017 verstarb.

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Der Mozartwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg ausgetragen wird, hat in der Sparte Streichquartett die Gewinner gekürt. Den mit 20.000 Euro dotierten ersten Preis erhielt das französische Quatuor Tchalik.

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Ferran Cruixent da vida orquestal a los teléfonos en ‘Deus ex machina’

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La finale de la 4e édition du concours de chant lyrique Voix Nouvelles s’est tenue le samedi 10 février à l’Opéra-Comique à Paris. C’est la soprano Hélène Carpentier, originaire d’Amiens, qui a été désignée grande lauréate de la compétition.

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  in 1894 Death in of German and conductor Hans Von

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(Written on February 12, 2018 )